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Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121


Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121

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MCAS Iwakuni, Yamaguchi, Japan
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Executive Officer
Maj Michael D. Wyrsch

Major Wyrsch graduated from the University of Maryland in May 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.  Major Wyrsch arrived in Quantico in January 2002 and attended OCS Class 179.  He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 29 March 2002.  Major Wyrsch reported to The Basic School in April and completed the course in October.  He was assigned the MOS of Field Artillery Officer and reported to Fort Sill Oklahoma for Field Artillery Officer Basic Course (FAOBC) in November 2002.  Upon completion of FAOBC, Major Wyrsch was assigned to the 11th Marine Regiment in Camp Pendleton, California.

Major Wyrsch reported to Camp Pendleton in May of 2003 and was assigned to Battery R, 5th Battalion, 11th Marines.  He was assigned the billet of Forward Observer and immediately began workups with Company B, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines for the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). Major Wyrsch deployed to Iraq with the 11th MEU in May of 2004.  During the deployment Major Wyrsch fought in the Battle of Najaf with B/1/4 and Operation Al Fajr in with L/3/1.  Upon leaving Fallujah, Major Wyrsch submitted a flight school package and was selected on the Fleet Accession Board in February 2005.  When he re-deployed to Camp Pendleton, Major Wyrsch served as the Guns Platoon Commander and the Battery Executive Officer for R/5/11 from February to November of 2005.

In November 2005 Major Wyrsch checked in with MATSG-21 in NAS Pensacola and began Aviation Preflight Indoctrination.  He then reported to NAS Whiting Field primary training on the T-34C.  Upon completion of primary in July 2006, Major Wyrsch reported to NAS Meridian for advanced jet training in the T-45C.  Major Wyrsch was designated a Naval Aviator in August 2007 and moved to Cherry Point, North Carolina for training in the AV-8B Harrier with VMAT-203.  Upon completion of the Fleet Replacement Squadron, Major Wyrsch checked in with VMA-542 November 2008.

Major Wyrsch served as the squadron S-4 officer and completed his Section Lead certification in April 2010.  He then went through the MAWTS-1 Weapons Training Officer (WTO) course.  He deployed on the 26th MEU with VMM-266(REIN) from and served as the AV-8B Pilot Training Officer and AV-8B Future Operations Officer.  While underway, Major Wyrsch became a day/night basic Landing Signals Officer and flew combat missions in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn.  Upon returning to Cherry Point in May 2011, Major Wyrsch served as the Assistant Operations Officer earned his division lead qualification.

In July of 2011 Major Wyrsch reported to VMGR-252 to serve as a Fire Control Officer and to participate in the stand up the KC-130 Harvest HAWK program in MCAS Cherry Point.  Major Wyrsch deployed to Afghanistan in September 2011 with VMGR Det B as a member of the Harvest HAWK detachment.  He flew over 950 combat hours providing close air support during his nine-month tour.  He was the Weapons Training Officer and CAS subject matter expert for the Harvest HAWK shop and helped develop TTPs and refine various attack profiles for maximizing weapons effects.  He was redeployed to CONUS in June 2012 and began training Marines for the next Harvest HAWK deployment.

Major Wyrsch reported to VMFA-121 aboard MCAS Yuma in October of 2012 and became the Director of Safety and Standardization.  Major Wyrsch attended F-35B transition training from April to June of 2013 and received the MOS of 7518.  He served as the AAMO from August 2014 through October 2015, at which time he assumed his current the billet of Aircraft Maintenance Officer.  He served as the AMO until August 2016 at which time he became the Executive Officer.  His qualifications in the F-35B include Division Lead, Instructor Pilot, Functional Check Flight pilot and NATOPS/instrument instructor. 

Major Wyrsch graduated from the Command and Staff College Distance Education Training with distinction in June of 2013.  Additionally, Major Wyrsch received a Master's of Science in Management with a focus on Marine Corps Operations from the University of Maryland, University College in 2014.  He maintained a 4.0 GPA and graduated with honors in graduate school.

Major Wyrsch's personal awards include Air Medal with numeral 12, two Navy Commendation Medals (one with combat "V"), three Navy Achievement Medals (one with combat "V") and the Combat Action Ribbon.



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